The Nepalese Cricket team has posted a decent total against Maldives in the second match of Asian Games Cricket.
Nepal posted 212/7 runs at the end of 20 overs after a half-century from Rohit Paudel and a late blitz from Kushal Malla. Choosing to bat first at Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket, Nepal lost Aasif Sheikh for a cheap score (6 from 8 balls).
Kushal Bhurtel was the next man to be dismissed right after the end of the powerplay. He notched up an 18-ball 35. Binod Bhandari who replaced Karan KC in the XI and Sundeep Jora couldn’t do any special as they were dismissed for 13 (15 balls) and five (nine balls) respectively.
Gulshan Jha and Rohit Paudel then added 70 runs for the fifth wicket before Jha was dismissed for 21-ball 35. After that, Rohit Paudel played the captain’s knock and completed a back-to-back half-century (his third in T20I). Paudel completed fifty in 26 balls, smacking two consecutive sixes. He was run out next ball.
Meanwhile, Kushal Malla played an explosive 47 runs from 20 balls to help Nepal cross the 200 runs mark. Nepal managed 122 runs from the last 8 overs.
For the Maldives, Nazwan Ismail was the pick of a bowler. He picked up three wickets conceding just 17 runs.